Composites are usually classified by the type of reinforcements they use. These reinforcements are embedded into a matrix that holds it together. The reinforcements are used to strengthen the composites. For example, in a mud brick, the matrix is the mud and the reinforcement is the straw.
Common composite types. There are several different types of composites used today.
The individual components remain separate and distinct within the finished structure . They consist of ceramic fibers embedded in a ceramic matrix, thus forming a ceramic fiber reinforced ceramic . Both components add strength to a composite , and the combination often compensates for weaknesses in the individual components. A composite material is one composed of two or more components combined in a way that allows the materials to stay distinct and identifiable. Fabrics have no matrix to fall back on, but in them, fibers of different compositions combine to give them a specific character. Reinforcing materials generally withstand maximum load and serve the desirable properties. Further, though composite types.
Lesson 9: Types and Applications of Composites.